Camp Atterbury

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Nearly 400 Afghan evacuees arrived at Camp Atterbury over the weekend. 150 were expected to arrive Thursday, and another 100-plus are expected in the next four days.

They’ll spend the next few weeks getting processed at the base before outside organizations can begin work settling them across the U.S.

Part of that process has been making sure evacuees are up-to-date on their vaccines, since many are from rural areas of Afghanistan.

Camp officials recently completed a campaign to vaccinate over 6,100 evacuees against measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox.

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Afghan refugees at Indiana’s Camp Atterbury will need a permanent home in the US, and Muncie is hoping to become an attractive place to settle.  As IPR’s Eric Jacobs reports, the city has convened a committee to help the effort.

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A resettlement organization that helps refugees establish their lives in Indiana announced Bloomington was approved as a federally authorized resettlement site by the U.S. Department of State.

Called Exodus Refugee, the group helps refugees integrate into society by paying for the first three months of rent, helping in the job search, and helping set up their apartment up with necessities.

Some long-term services include psychological services, English language lessons, and help preparing for the citizenship test.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is denying rumors circulating about happenings at Camp Atterbury.

Earlier this week, WIBC radio host Jason Hammer made shocking claims on air about the situation at Camp Atterbury, where roughly 7,000 Afghan evacuees are undergoing final health and safety checks before being settled across the country.

Hammer said Monday he received a text from a National Guard member at the camp who said the FBI had been called in to deport members of the Taliban who had been caught in the vetting process.

Biden follows through on pledge to take in more refugees

Sep 21, 2021
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The Biden administration says the U.S. will take in 125,000 refugees and their families next year, fulfilling an earlier pledge to raise a cap that had been at a historic low under his predecessor.

The White House announced the annual cap in a report to Congress, saying there was an unprecedented number of displaced people around the world because of conflict, humanitarian crises and climate change.

As president Donald Trump capped the number of refugees at 15,000, the lowest since the 1980 Refugee Act took effect.

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An influx of nearly 2,000 people at Camp Atterbury has only increased the need for supplies there.

Elizabeth Dunn is amazed by the number of diapers they’ve needed.  

“Turns out our biggest unmet need is diaper rash cream,” said Dunn, a board member with Exodus Refugee Resettlement in Indianapolis. “These little kids sat in the Kabul airport for five days in wet diapers.” 

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The number of people temporarily living at Camp Atterbury continues to grow, and some have already begun settling in the U.S.

Immigrants and refugees in Indiana

Sep 15, 2021
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Thousands of Afghanistan refugees are settling in camps across the country, like Camp Atterbury in Central Indiana.

Today we talk about what it’s like to make a new home in a place where everything is different – the language, the culture, and the people. We also hear from the president of a group representing the Burmese community, to find out what services refugees need when they come here.

Produced by Micah Yason.

Guests:

Rupal Thanawala
President, Asian American Alliance

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Indiana is preparing to receive 5,000 Afghan evacuees at Camp Atterbury in the coming weeks, with the first 1,000 set to arrive by this weekend.

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U.S. Rep. Greg Pence announced on Twitter Tuesday morning that the Defense Department (DOD) had approved Camp Atterbury near Edinburgh to temporarily house Afghan refugees.

The Republican from Columbus said he expected the camp to be ready to accept refugees in the next couple days, and that it should be able to hold 5,000 people.

READ MORE: Military Contractor Planning 1,000+ Bunk Beds Near Camp Atterbury

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As Afghan refugees find temporary housing at military bases across the U.S., Camp Atterbury officials would neither confirm nor deny if they would be receiving any. 

The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that Pentagon officials were considering Camp Atterbury near Edinburgh as a potential site to house Afghans fleeing the Taliban.